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Language Understanding Quotes


"Punctuation has its own philosophy, just as style does, although not as language does. Style is a good understanding of language, punctuation is a good understanding of style." - George Sand

"Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the language of the world." - Paulo Coelho

"The greatest obstacle to international understanding is the barrier of language" - Christopher Dawson

"In our evolution language has been the greatest single contribution to our understanding and misunderstanding" - Rasheed Ogunlaru

"You who read me, are You sure of understanding my language?" - Jorge Luis Borges

"Language: the one tool that enables us to grasp hold of our lives and transcend our fate by understanding it." - Molly Haskell

"Understanding that these statements do not represent reality, we should not be threatened by the language that he has used." - Mohammad Javad Zarif

"Thoughts can increase our understanding of a subject, or they can just as easily constrict or block our understanding of a subject. It very much depends upon the language we are thinking in." - Frederick Lenz

"Understanding Scripture in a language other than the heart language in which we think and experience emotion is "like trying to eat soup with a fork. You can get a little taste, but you cannot get nourished." - William Cameron Townsend

"...he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke-the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love." - Paulo Coelho

"Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyous words in the language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying." - Elise M. Boulding

"By understanding a machine-oriented language, the programmer will tend to use a much more efficient method; it is much closer to reality." - Donald Knuth

"It is through our hands that we speak to the child. That we communicate. Touch is the child's first language, understanding comes long after feeling" - Frederick Leboyer

"Computers are everywhere and you can't even begin to function with a computer unless you have comprehension and an understanding of the English language." - Wally Amos

"Whether man is disposed to yield to nature or to oppose her, he cannot do without a correct understanding of her language" - Jean Rostand

"Man created language to be understood. It should be normal to understand what people convey to us. Fear, ulterior motives, and closed mindedness are the enemies of understanding." - John Fairclough

"We at Google have made tremendous advances in understanding language. Our knowledge graph has been fundamental to that. The new algorithm that we launched today called Hummingbird has been a great leap forward." - Amit Singhal

"Language is the principal tool with which we communicate; but when words are used carelessly or mistakenly, what was intended to advance mutual understanding may in fact hinder it; our instrument becomes our burden" - Irving Copi

"Not to Learn Irish is to miss the opportunity of understanding what life in this country has meant and could mean in a better future. It is to cut oneself off from ways of being at home. If we regard self-understanding, mutual understanding, imaginative enhancement, cultural diversity and a tolerant political atmosphereas a desirable attainments, we should remember that a knowledge of the Irish language is an essential element in their realisation." - Seamus Heaney

"A child playing with dolls may shed heartfelt tears when his bundle of rags and scraps becomes deathly ill and dies ... So we may come to an understanding of language as playing with dolls: in language, scraps of sound are used to make dolls and replace all the things in the world." - Velimir Khlebnikov

"Between two beings there is always the barrier of words. Man has so many ears and speaks so many languages. Should it nevertheless be possible to understand one another? Is real communication possible if word and language betray us every time? Shall, in the end, only the language of tanks and guns prevail and not human reason and understanding?" - Joost Meerloo

"As vocabulary is reduced , so are the number of feelings you can express, the number of events you can describe, the number of the things you can identify! Not only understanding is limited, but also experience. Man grows by language. Whenever he limits language he retrogresses!" - Sheri S Tepper

"I'm an infant with Shakespeare; I'm kind of learning how to walk. I am trying to decipher the code, you know? I do my research. And I get a clear understanding of what the language is. It is a tremendous process I have to go through as I am sure all actors do, finding the gems hidden in his language." - Ruben Santiago-Hudson

"The world is mental in some way that we do not yet understand, but that which we're edging toward understanding. And the world is made of language. I can't say that enough. Whenever we get into these discussions about reality, or effects in space and time, we are operating outside this assumption that the world is made of language." - Terence Mckenna

"Not bad in short, though the last one [understanding the language of animals], isn't half as useful as you might expect, since when all's said and done the language of the beasts tends to revolve around: a) the endless hunt for food, b) finding a warm bush to sleep in the evening, and c) the sporadic satisfication of certain glands. (Many would argue that the language of human kind boils down to this too)" - Jonathan Stroud

"There is no reason to believe ... that the "essential purpose" of language is "communication". ... Language can be used to transmit information, but it also serves many other purposes: to establish relations among people, to express or clarify thought, for play, for creative mental activity, to gain understanding, and so on. In my opinion, there is no reason to accord privileged status to one or the other of these modes." - Noam Chomsky

"The physicist may be satisfied when he has the mathematical scheme and knows how to use for the interpretation of the experiments. But he has to speak about his results also to non-physicists who will not be satisfied unless some explanation is given in plain language. Even for the physicist the description in plain language will be the criterion of the degree of understanding that has been reached. Physics and Philosophy" - Werner Heisenberg

"Living like that utterly convinced me of the extreme limitations of language. I was just a chlld then,so I have only an intuitive understanding of the degree to which one losses control of words once they are spoken or written. It was then that I first felt a deep curiosity about language, and understood it as a tool that encompasses both a single moment and eternity" - Banana Yoshimoto

"Music is a language, a universal language." - Sun Ra

"Education is understanding relationships." - George Washington Carver

"Peace comes through understanding" - Albert Einstein

"Intellectual understanding blocks empathy." - Marshall B. Rosenberg

"Experience precedes understanding." - Jean Piaget

"Understanding arises through making" - Giambattista Vico

"One of the great secrets of the day is to know how to take possession of popular prejudices and passions, in such a way as to introduce a confusion of principles which makes impossible all understanding between those who speak the same language and have the same interests." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"What does it matter, if we tell the same old stories? ...Stories tell us who we are. What we're capable of. When we go out looking for stories we are, I think, in many ways going in search of ourselves, trying to find understanding of our lives, and the people around us. Stories, and language tell us what's important." - Kameron Hurley

"Today, getting people to hear your story on social media, and then act on it, requires using a platform's native language, paying attention to context, understanding the nuances and subtle differences that make each platform unique, and adapting your content to match." - Gary Vaynerchuk

"Art is humanity's most essential, most universal language. It is not a frill, but a necessary part of communication. The quality of civilization can be measured through its music, dance, drama, architecture, visual art and literature. We must give our children knowledge and understanding of civilization's most profound works." - Ernest L. Boyer

"Re'lar Kvothe," he said seriously. "I am trying to wake your sleeping mind to the subtle language the world is whispering. I am trying to seduce you into understanding. I am trying to teach you." He leaned forward until his face was almost touching mine. "Quit grabbing at my tits." - Patrick Rothfuss

"What does it matter, if we tell the same old stories? ...Stories tell us who we are. What we"re capable of. When we go out looking for stories we are, I think, in many ways going in search of ourselves, trying to find understanding of our lives, and the people around us. Stories, and language tell us what's important." - Kameron Hurley

"Besides language and music, it [mathematics] is one of the primary manifestations of the free creative power of the human mind, and it is the universal organ for world understanding through theoretical construction. Mathematics must therefore remain an essential element of the knowledge and abilities which we have to teach, of the culture we have to transmit, to the next generation." - Hermann Weyl

"The understanding between a non-technical writer and his reader is that he shall talk more or less like a human being and not like an Act of Parliament. I take it that the aim of such books must be to convey exact thought in inexact language... he can never succeed without the co-operation of the reader." - Arthur Eddington

"If a book is easy and fits nicely into all your language conventions and thought forms, then you probably will not grow much from reading it. It may be entertaining, but not enlarging to your understanding. It's the hard books that count. Raking is easy, but all you get is leaves; digging is hard, but you might find diamonds." - Mortimer Adler

"The fact that man produces a concept "I" besides the totality of his mental and emotional experiences or perceptions does not prove that there must be any specific existence behind such a concept. We are succumbing to illusions produced by our self-created language, without reaching a better understanding of anything. Most of so-called philosophy is due to this kind of fallacy." - Albert Einstein

"New perspectives give birth to new historic ages. Humankind has had many dramatic revolutions of understanding - great uses of fire and the wheel, language and writing. We found that the earth only seems flat, the sun only seems to circle the earth, matter only seems solid." - Marilyn Ferguson

"There is one way to understand another culture. Living it. Move into it, ask to be tolerated as a guest, learn the language. At some point understanding may come. It will always be wordless. The moment you grasp what is foreign, you will lose the urge to explain it. To explain a phenomenon is to distance yourself from it." - Peter Hoeg

"One piece of advice can be universally handed out, and it applies equally to speaking, understanding, reading, and writing. If in the course of any of these language activities, you run across words whose meaning or use baffles you, don't by-pass them. Look them up in the dictionary and familiarize yourself with them." - Mario Pei

"Where psychedelics comes together with that is that it's going to require a transformation of human language and understanding to stop the momentum of the historical process, to halt nuclear proliferation, germ warfare, infantile 19th century politics, all these things. It cannot be accomplished through a frontal assault upon it by political means." - Terence Mckenna

"The greatest obstacle to international understanding is the barrier of language." - Christopher Dawson

"Fashion is instant language." - Miuccia Prada

"All language is political ..." - Robin Lakoff

"Verbing weirds language." - Bill Watterson

"Mathematics is a language" - J. Willard Gibbs

"language is never neutral" - Paulo Freire

"Language disguises thought." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"In India, whichever language you write in, the possibility of people not understanding irony or not understanding [remains there]. This as a writer is most terrifying!" - Arundhati Roy

"Language is inexorably tied to power and understanding. And power and understanding are the roots of magic. Just the act of writing something down is a magical act." - Patrick Rothfuss

"The understanding soul prays; the praying soul gets understanding." - Leonard Ravenhill

"Understanding of life begins with the understanding of patterns." - Fritjof Capra

"Through interpretation, understanding; through understanding, appreciation; through appreciation, protection." - Freeman Tilden

"Understanding why is never enough." - Lucy Freeman

"All understanding begins in wonder!" - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Knowledge without understanding is useless." - Thucydides

"Some things were beyond understanding." - Nicholas Sparks

"Conceit is incompatible with understanding." - Leo Tolstoy

"Many confuse understanding with believing." - Watchman Nee

"Criminals thrive on society's understanding." - Newt Gingrich

"Any classification according to a singular identity polarizes people in a particular way, but if we take note of the fact that we have many different identities - related not just to religion but also to language, occupation and business, politics, class and poverty, and many others - we can see that the polarization of one can be resisted by a fuller picture. So knowledge and understanding are extremely important to fight against singular polarization." - Amartya Sen

"When the enemy's envoy's speak in humble terms, but continues his preparations, he will advance. When their language is deceptive but the enemy pretentiously advances, he will retreat. When the envoys speak in apologetic terms, he wishes a respite. When without a previous understanding the enemy asks for a truce, he is plotting. When the enemy sees an advantage but does not advance to seize it, he is fatigued." - Sun Tzu

"While the business of education in Europe consists in lectures upon the ruins of Palmyra and the antiquities of Herculaneum, or in disputes about Hebrew points, Greek particles, or the accent and quantity of the Roman language, the youth of America will be employed in acquiring those branches of knowledge which increase the conveniences of life, lessen human misery, improve our country, promote population, exalt the human understanding, and establish domestic social and political happiness." - Benjamin Rush

"As far as nonviolence and Spiritual Activism, Marshall Rosenberg is it! Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, is essential reading for anyone who wants to improve their communication skills. Applying the concepts within the book will help guide the reader towards a more loving, compassionate, and nonviolent way of understanding and functioning with others, and foster more compassion in the world. I highly recommend this book." - Marianne Williamson

"These days, information is a commodity being sold. And designers-including the newly defined subset of information designers and information architects-have a responsible role to play. We are interpreters, not merely translators, between sender and receiver. What we say and how we say it makes a difference. If we want to speak to people, we need to know their language. In order to design for understanding, we need to understand design." - Erik Spiekermann

"The planet has a kind of intelligence, it can actually open a channel of communication with an individual human being. The message that nature sends is, transform your language through a synergy between electronic culture and the psychedelic imagination, a synergy between dance and idea, a synergy between understanding and intuition, and dissolve the boundaries that your culture has sanctioned between you, to become part of this Gaian supermind" - Terence Mckenna

"The secret language of statistics, so appealing in a fact-minded culture, is employed to sensationalize, inflate, confuse, and oversimplify. Statistical terms and statistical methods are necessary in reporting the mass data of social and economic trends, business conditions, 'opinion' polls, the census. But without writers who use the words with honesty and understanding and readers who know what they mean, the result can only be semantic nonsense." - Darrell Huff

"I maintain that there is no common language or medium of understanding between people of education and without it - between those who judge of things from books or from their senses. Ignorance has so far the advantage over learning; for it can make an appeal to you from what you know; but you cannot re-act upon it through that which it is a perfect stranger to. Ignorance is, therefore, power." - William Hazlitt

"One must not assume that an understanding of science is present in those who borrow the language" - Louis Pasteur

"I'm working on artificial intelligence. Actually, natural language understanding, which is to get computers to understand the meaning of documents." - Ray Kurzweil

"when a language dies, a way of understanding the world dies with it, a way of looking at the world." - George Steiner

"Poetry is the art of using language to transcend language," - Laurence Overmire

"Language uses us as much as we use language." - Robin Lakoff

"The language of the heart is mankind's main common language." - Suzy Kassem

"Poetry is language in orbit." - Seamus Heaney

"Language cannot say everything, fortunately." - Mason Cooley

"Silence is God's first language." - John of the Cross

"Nothing exists except through language." - Hans-Georg Gadamer

"Music is a universal language." - Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

"Fashion is an instant language." - Miuccia Prada

"Language always gives you away." - George Carlin

"Abstraction is an esoteric language." - Eric Fischl

"Anguish is the universal language" - Alice Fulton

"Photography is my only language." - Andre Kertesz

"A language Older Than Words" - Derrick Jensen

"Hands have their own language." - Simon Van Booy

"Humor is a universal language." - Joel Goodman

"Metaphor is embodied in language." - Dennis Potter

"Language and culture cannot be separated. Language is vital to understanding our unique cultural perspectives. Language is a tool that is used to explore and experience our cultures and the perspectives that are embedded in our cultures." - Buffy Sainte-Marie

"Teaching is the highest form of understanding." - Aristotle

"The man of understanding finds everything laughable." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Understanding and connection can transcend conflict." - Marshall B. Rosenberg

"Transmitting information is easier than creating understanding." - Harold Evans

"Understanding replaces imaginary fears with real ones." - Mason Cooley

"Understanding is the reward of faith." - Saint Augustine

"In all your getting, get understanding." - Jacqueline Woodson

"Life in its highest state is understanding." - L Ron Hubbard

"True love is born from understanding." - Gautama Buddha

"[Our understanding is] not intellectual, but instinctive." - Ann Richards

"Realization is more important than understanding" - John de Ruiter

"Understanding is the wages of faith." - Saint Augustine

"Intellects whose desires have outstripped their understanding." - Friedrich Hayek

"Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair." - Ronald David Laing

"Mathematics is an art of human understanding." - William Thurston

"There's nothing wrong with not understanding yourself." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"Understanding is the key to true knowledge" - Liam Williams

"Understanding is but the sum of misunderstandings." - Haruki Murakami

"There is no hospitality like understanding." - Vanna Bonta

"Man's best candle is his understanding." - James Howell

"The understanding of fear cures fear." - Robert Anthony

"Risk discomfort and solitude for understanding." - Wade Davis

"American exceptionalism requires understanding biblical view." - Jim Demint

"Cause even grown men need understanding." - John Wayne

"Humility is the light of understanding." - John Bunyan

"In life, understanding is the booby prize." - Werner Erhard

"Some things are beyond human understanding." - Alexandra Adornetto

"Humility is the ladder to divine understanding." - Anonymous

"UNDERSTANDING does not necessarily mean AGREEMENT." - Anonymous

"Observing and understanding are two different things." - Mary E. Pearson

"Understanding requires insight. Insight must be anchored." - Brian Greene

"True understanding is the spur of genius" - Ursula K Le Guin

"Lack of understanding is always painful." - Byron Katie

"Understanding is the beginning of approving." - Andre Gide

"Understanding is simple. Knowing is complicated." - Robert Fripp

"Sexuality is possible without any understanding, without any meditation. Love is possible only with understanding. Compassion is possible only with understanding and meditation, understanding and awareness." - Rajneesh

"A respectful understanding of another's experience." - Marshall B. Rosenberg

"Furious activity is no substitute for understanding." - Henry Williams

"Understanding a question is half an answer." - Socrates

"Pain wastes the Body, Pleasures the Understanding." - Benjamin Franklin

"Humility is the light of the understanding." - John Bunyan

"Understanding, as we understand it, is misunderstanding." - Elias Canetti

"Learning many things does not teach understanding" - Heraclitus

"Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure." - A E Housman

"Mystery is underrated, and understanding is overrated." - Larry Mcmurtry

"Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything." - Miyamoto Musashi

"Life's experiences should turn into real understanding." - Samael Aun Weor

"When a film is created, it is created in a language, which is not only about words, but also the way that very language encodes our perception of the world, our understanding of it." - Andrzej Wajda

"It seemed to me that the real philosophical breakthroughs of the 20th century were in terms of the understanding of language. What is language? Where does it come from, how does it work, what does it do?" - Hanif Kureishi

"If there is one sweeping generalization I can make without fear of contradiction, it is that 'change' is the scariest word in the English language Nothing will change in our lives until we change our own behavior. Insight won't do it. Understanding why we do the self-defeating things we do won't make us stop doing them. Nagging and pleading with the other person to change won't do it. We have to act. We have to take the first step down a new road." - Susan Forward

"Love is like magic and it always will be. For love still remains life's sweet mystery! Love works in ways that are wondrous and strange and there's nothing in life that love cannot change! Love can transform the most commonplace into beauty and splendor and sweetness and grace. Love is unselfish, understanding and kind, for it sees with its heart and not with its mind! Love is the answer that everyone seeks... Love is the language, that every heart speaks. Love can't be bought, it is priceless and free, love, like pure magic, is life's sweet mystery!" - Helen Steiner Rice

"Whether man is disposed to yield to nature or to oppose her, he cannot do without a correct understanding of her language." - Jean Rostand

"What if it were true that nature speaks in signs and that the secret to understanding its language consists in noticing similarities in shape or in form?" - Jeremy Narby

"Even for the physicist the description in plain language will be a criterion of the degree of understanding that has been reached." - Werner Heisenberg



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